Famelab 2020 – Wageningen heat

FameLab Netherlands Wageningen offers students and young researchers the opportunity to participate in this international narrative competition. It is a chance to share an inspiring scientific story with the general public. The participants explain a concept in science in just three minutes, without using Powerpoint. Famelab can be seen as an event that provides participants with skills for the rest of their career.

Organised by Corporate Communications

Fri 17 April 2020 18:30 to 22:00

Venue Theater De Wilde Wereld, Burgtstraat 1, Wageningen

Event postponed

Due to the Corona virus, this event has been postponed to 17 April 2020. We hope to see you then!

The international Famelab round has been set up by the British Council and Cheltenham Science Festival. Participating researchers, between 21 and 40 years old, tell a story about their research while the audience hangs on their lips – hopefully. A three-member jury judges on content, clarity and charisma.

To give support to the selected participants, they receive a presentation training from a professional trainer (Ward van Beek) prior to their performance. With that knowledge and skills in the pocket and together with the experiences during the Wageningen heat, two finalists can look forward to the national competition between the winners of other universities in the Netherlands. The British Council provides all finalists a two-days master class in Amsterdam. The national winner may take part in the international storytelling battle at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June.

You will find criteria, tips and videos of finalists on the British
Council homepage
. The international FameLab round is
organised by the British Council and Cheltenham Science Festival. This years’ Dutch edition is organised with the University of Groningen.

Researchers, students and other persons interested are invited to join the Wageningen heat in the public stand. If you want guaranteed seating, please send an email to secretariaat.ccm@wur.nl stating Famelab. Please come on time, to avoid disturbing the speakers. 


24 February 2020 Deadline registration
3 March afternoon OR 5 March morning Pitch training for participants in the Wageningen Regional Heat by Ward van Beek
13 March 2020 Wageningen University & Research Regional Heat at theater De Wilde Wereld
23 - 24 April 2020 Masterclass for finalists at KNAW in Amsterdam
13 May 2020 National final at Tivoli/Vredenburg in Utrecht
June 2020 International final in Cheltenham (UK)

Programme Wageningen heat 13 March 2020
18:20 Theatre open
18:45 Start: Introduction to FameLab - Maria Forlenza
19:00 First session of nine presentations
20:05 Break
20:30 Second session of eight presentations
21:35 Jury deliberations
21:50 Jury decision (two winners)
22:00 End of programme